Although acculturative stress is a known individual difference factor related to poor health, little is understood about its relationship to smoking among Latinx adults. A recently published study examined whether anxiety sensitivity mediated the relations between acculturative stress and smoking among a large sample of adult Spanish-speaking Latinx smokers. Data from 359 Spanish-speaking Latinx daily smokers were analyzed. There were statistically significant indirect effects of acculturative stress via anxiety sensitivity in relation to cigarette dependence, perceived barriers for quitting cigarettes, and severity of problems during past quit attempts. The researchers concluded that anxiety sensitivity serves a mediational role in relations between acculturative stress and smoking outcomes among Latinx adult smokers.
Source: Zvolensky et al. (2020). Acculturative Stress, Anxiety Sensitivity, and Smoking among Spanish-Speaking Latinx Adult Smokers. Substance Use & Misuse, Mar 5:1-11. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2020.1729195. [Epub ahead of print]